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No. 23 Endicott Tops Suffolk, 3-2; Bryant Becomes Gulls’ All-Times Leader 

Will Bryant throws a pitch.

BEVERLY, Mass. — Junior closer Will Bryant (Cumberland, Maine) became the Gulls' all-time saves leader on Monday evening as No. 23 nationally ranked Endicott defeated Suffolk University, 3-2, at North Field.

Will Ferreira (Nantucket, Mass.) earned the win in relief on three innings of work, one hit, no runs, two walks and a pair of strikeouts, while Bryant closed out the ninth for his fifth save this season and program record 12th of his career. 

Bryant's record-breaking save did not come without drama, however, as the junior closer received some stellar defense in the frame to keep Suffolk from tying the game. With a runner on third and one out, Endicott third baseman Jacob Thibault (Methuen, Mass.) gunned down the would-be tying run at the plate after he backhanded a low groundball off the bat of Steven Shamnoski (Pittstown, Pa.) and fired a strike to Gulls' catcher Brendan McDonald (Quincy, Mass.) who then blocked the plate perfectly and applied a clean tag on Nik San Antonio (Cranston, R.I.) for the second out of the inning. 

Bryant followed by giving up a single to left field, but worked around the first-and-second, two-out situation with a groundout to lock up the 3-2 win, and become the program's all-time saves leader.

Meanwhile, offensively, Endicott opened up the scoring via a Michael Casciano (Somers, Conn.) with a two-run bomb to left field in the first to make it 2-0. The Gulls also tacked on the all-important insurance run in the second via a two-base throwing error eventually scored Kyle Brennan (Wallingford, Conn.) from first base after Matthew McKinley (Hudson, N.H.) dropped down an infield bunt single down the third base line.


  • Endicott is 15-9 in the all-time series against Suffolk.
  • The Gulls have won the last three meetings versus the Rams.
  • Bryant surpassed Connor McLaughlin '14 (11 saves) on the all-time saves list.
  • Joseph Oriola (Pembroke, Mass.), who earned Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Pitcher of the Week accolades earlier today, received a no-decision on 4 1/3 innings pitched, five hits, two runs (both earned), one walk, and a game-high five strikeouts.
  • Alexander Mandrus (Acton, Mass.) stranded a potential game-tying run in the fifth with his second strikeout of the contest (0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K).
  • Michael DeDonato (Chelmsford, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with one run scored and four stolen bases. Earlier today, DeDonato also was named the CCC Player of the Week.


  • Shamnoski and Trevor Lee (Flanders, N.J.) both had RBI singles in the fifth inning.
  • Rams' starter Tyler Zell (Marion, Mass.) went seven innings alongside six hits, three runs (two earned), no walks, and four strikeouts.


No. 23 Endicott (10-3) hosts Salem State tomorrow at 3:30 PM. Suffolk (4-13) takes on Rhode Island College tomorrow at 4 PM. 

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(Photo Credit - David Le '10)

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